Hackathons: the coolest projects revisited

A well-executed hackathon combines the right atmosphere, resources (aka endless caffeine), raw talent and teamwork in order to accelerate the transformation of interesting ideas into real, innovative, working prototypes. Here, we’ll rewind to revisit some of the projects that caught our eye and tackle real world problems, both big and small. One project is even preparing for an official launch. If we’ve peaked your curiosity, keep reading!

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An Update on This Morning’s Twitter Changes

Early this morning (GMT time), we discovered that our Twitter account was defaced with provocative and distasteful political propaganda. We quickly got to work securing access to the account, removing the offensive tweets and broadcasting a message that all Blockchain services, including wallets and API were not impacted whatsoever. Unfortunately, we were not the only firm swept up in this issue. As this article notes, Forbes, BBC North America, Amnesty International, the European Parliament were among the hundreds of accounts impacted.

Twitter acknowledged the incident in a statement to Gizmodo stating:

We are aware of an issue affecting a number of account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here.

What we know is that a third party social media analytics provider called The Counter, which many large firms (including Netflix, YouTube, Slack, the UN and Adobe) rely on, was compromised. We will no longer be using them. At no time was Blockchain the deliberate target of this external breach. Here is what they had to say:

While the motivation for this bizarre social media attack is still unknown, we’re sorry for any confusion or offense this may have caused. We take these issues extremely seriously and have already kicked off an internal audit of our security practices for both our analytics providers and also specifically our social and community channels to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

Helpful Wallet Notifications & Resources

Bitcoin can seem a little (if not very) complicated and confusing, especially for first time and newer users. We do our best to answer frequently asked questions in our Support Center and here on the blog, but we’ve also integrated helpful tips directly into our wallet! In this post we’ll cover a few of those tips.

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4 bitcoin documentary must-sees

Since the very first transaction took place in January 2009, bitcoin has sparked the world’s curiosity in some big ways. We’ve put together a list of some of (what we think are) the most comprehensive newbie-friendly bitcoin documentaries that will not only keep you interested, but make you the grand champion and absolute go-to among your friends for bitcoin trivia (…and we think that’s pretty cool).

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Support for our Russian users: Поддержка для русскоязычных пользователей

Recently, our support team was in the spotlight on our blog for their outstanding performance in customer service. This week we’re back with more related news that we’ve yet to officially announce: мы предоставляем поддержку на русском языке (that’s “we’re providing Russian support” for all you non-Russian speakers). Keep on reading to find out more about how we’re supporting our growing Russian userbase (scroll down to the end for the Russian version of this post).

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